Leadership vs. Management: 13 Tactical Differences
I want to talk to you just for a minute about the differences between leadership and management. Often, the terms are used interchangeably, but they are really quite different from one another.
- A manager’s job is to plan, organize, and coordinate; the leader’s job is to inspire and motivate.
- The manager administers; the leader innovates.
- The manager thinks short term; the leader thinks long-term.
- The manager maintains; the leader develops.
- A manager focuses on systems and structure; the leader focuses on people.
- The manager is transactional; the leader is transformational.
- The manager relies on control; the leader inspires trust.
- The manager asks how and when; the leader asks what and why.
- The manager has his or her eye always on the bottom line (and they need to); the leader’s eye is always on the horizon.
- The manager imitates; the leader originates.
- The manager accepts the status quo; the leader challenges it.
- The manager is the classic good soldier; the leader is his or her own person.
- The manager does things right; the leader does the right thing.
Leaders need to be managers — and — managers need to be leaders. Determine where you are strong and build up your weak side. Never presume because you are a good leader that you are managing well. Neither should you presume that because you are a good manager you are functioning as a good leader. Both skill sets can be learned — and both need to be intentionally cultivated.